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Boeing‘s Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary has signed a partnership agreement to help Virgin Galactic design and manufacture two spaceship carrier airplanes for use beginning in 2025. Both motherships are intended to carry and release spacecraft at 50,000 feet from the ground, Virgin Galactic said Thursday. Virginia-based Aurora will build the motherships at its West Virginia […] More

Virgin Galactic launched its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft on Friday carrying four NASA-supported research payloads into suborbital space. NASA said Saturday the payloads aboard the second test flight are the Microgravity Multi-Phase Flow Experiment for Suborbital Testing from the agency's Johnson Space Center; Vibration Isolation Platform from Controlled Dynamics; Collisions into Dust Experiment from the University of Central Florida in Orlando; and Electromagnetic Field Measurements from Johns Hopkins University.

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Virgin Galactic has completed a flight test of a company-built manned space vehicle carrying four NASA technology experiments to suborbital space. The agency said Thursday SpaceShipTwo‘s payloads were designed to examine the behavior of dust particles on planetary surfaces, the effects of microgravity on life support systems and plant growth, and vibration during launch, re-entry […] More
Virgin Galactic and Italy’s space agency have signed a letter of intent to perform suborbital flight on the company’s SpaceShipTwo spaceplane. The Italian space agency will conduct scientific research and suborbital experiments during the planned mission, which is scheduled to occur in 2019 at Spaceport America in New Mexico, Virgin Galactic said Monday. The partnership will also include on-site […] More
Orbital ATK has announced plans to procure parts of the Defense Department's Cold War-era intercontinental ballistic missiles and use them for commercial satellite launches, The Washington Post reported Monday. Christian Davenport writes the company's plan comes ahead of the Tuesday hearing in Congress on a two-decade ban on the sale of DoD’s stockpile of ICBMs for commercial use. “It's […] More
The Federal Aviation Administration has given Virgin Galactic the go-ahead to offer space travel through the company's facilities in New Mexico and commercial chartered flights could be available as early as December, The Wire reported Friday. Polly Mosendz writes the approval from the aviation authority includes rules on how Virgin Galactic's space flights will operate […] More
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